Mike's Analysis: New TE commit

The Hurricanes landed a commitment from a Junior College tight end last night. Read on for a full analysis of this commitment from CanesTime's Mike Bakas.

According to Gattaca Football's website, tight end Jerome Washington committed to Miami within the last 48 hours. He was offered a scholarship by the UM coaches on Tuesday and it didn't take long before he announced his pledge to Miami.

What to Like: At 6-foot-5 and 255 pounds, Washington already has ideal size for a major college tight end prospect. He's very athletic for someone his size, and often flanks out wide as a receiver. He looks to have good change-of-direction skills. It looks like he can run really well and make a lot of plays in the passing game. He looks like the type of player who could create a lot of mismatches over the middle of the field and inside the redzone. Size-wise, he's right with Clive Walford but he looks a bit more athletic than Walford at the same age. Washington is expected to be a mid-year graduate so he'll be able to come in and hopefully make an impact right away during the 2015 season. He's a proven pass-catcher on the field, too, with over 500 yards and eight touchdowns so far this season. In addition to the physical tools, his coaches call him a great kid who always comes to work hard. He seems to have the intangibles to match the physical tools.

What may concern you: Washington's had an interesting track to where he's at right now. He played football at a very small high school and despite having the grades to get in a lot of places, he didn't get any Division 1 scholarship offers. The Juco he goes to doesn't even have a football team. Despite his size, he's rarely used as a blocker and doesn't seem to enjoy it too much. It's hard to tell on film how physical he is -- even when going up and fighting defenders for the football. He's played such small school football over the last few years that it might take him some time to get adjusted to playing major college football.

Bottom Line: Despite the fact that he doesn't have any other BCS offers and is being recruited like a two-star kid, he looks to be a very good prospect. I like him a lot and think he compares favorably as a prospect to the top tight ends in the state of Florida this year. If he's able to adjust to the college game quickly, I wouldn't be a bit surprised if he was able to make an early impact for the Hurricanes in 2015.

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